Dr. Frederick Cook's 1912 silent film that dramatizes his exploration of The North Pole, takes plenty of liberties.
Curated by Whitney Weiss
Total Runtime: 0:38:59
"A somewhat (actually, lets make that VERY) desperately made film to prove that A Mr. Cook conquered the North pole first! Not that attention hogger Peary!! To prove his point, Well, he made.. uh.. this film. And man, what a film it is!!! Filled with so many production errors, the film is probably the cheapest and worst looking silent movie Ive ever seen (and Ive seen Greed!) Where to begin.. People are wandering around outside in the cold Arctic air without any gloves on.. the arctic dogs wander behind the igloo on set, making it painfully aware that its a prop.. And best of all, when they do end up at the pole, one of the team whips out a flag and starts waving it around, creating a shadow on the painted backdrop of ice. LOL!
The acting and pace is strangely wooden, even for a silent film. Conversations go on with no sense of pace, without you knowing who these people are or what theyre having a conversation about.
At the end, theres some badly reproduced newsreel footage of the real explorer, which is somewhat of a cheat, I thought."